A CEREMONIAL Grand Opening marked the official re-launch of the Saddleworth Museum and Gallery in Uppermill following a year-long £1.2 million refurbishment.
The museum on the village High Street closed its doors in September 2015 so work could be carried out thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
It now boasts a new front extension and entrance, a further side extension plus interior re-designing, new toilets, and a new shop and tourist information service.
Internal alterations new exhibitions, a lift for full disabled access and the existing roof has been insulated and new double-glazed timber windows have been installed.
The public first got a glimpse inside in September before around 60 staff, trustees, special guests and the public gathered for the official opening last month.
Museum patron Sir Normal Stoller CBE, accompanied by his wife Lady Sheila, described it as a “great honour” to perform the ceremonial ribbon cutting and declare the museum officially open.
Then guests enjoyed speeches to find out more about the project, followed by a luncheon supplied by Manns Wharf and drinks by Saddleworth Wine Vault.
John Hodges, chairman of the Saddleworth Museum and Gallery, said: “We have been open to the public for just over a month, and we are delighted with the museum’s success so far.
“We were delighted to invite the Mayor, Mayoress and other local council representatives to help us formally celebrate the re-opening of this wonderful community museum.
“More importantly it also gave us an opportunity to pay homage to our founder, Roger Tanner, and express our gratitude to all the stakeholders, partners, patrons, donors, committees and volunteers without whom this refurbishment project would not have been completed.”
John unveiled a bust of Roger Tanner, which was commissioned by the family as a replica of the original sculpted by Jean Fenton many years ago.
Mr Tanner, 94, who founded the Museum in 1962, was unfortunately unable to attend due to sudden illness.